There are 2 definitions of spray in English:

spray1

Syllabification: spray
Pronunciation: /sprā
 
/

noun

1Liquid that is blown or driven through the air in the form of tiny drops: a torrent of white foam and spray a fine spray of mud
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  • A fine spray of medicine in liquid form then shoots out the front at 520 miles per hour.
  • The white of the paper looks as though it has been pushed into the liquid spray of charcoal.
  • It sees storm clouds torn from their moorings and smashed against the ground with a minutely escalating, hissing swirl of arterial spray, then morphing into a jackhammer pulse.
Synonyms
shower, sprinkling, sprinkle, jet, mist, drizzle; spume, spindrift; foam, froth
1.1A liquid preparation that can be forced out of a can or other container in tiny drops: a can of insect spray
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  • Blood flows as easy as ant spray at the Tavern, but in a really squeamish, sickening way.
  • It also comes as a disinfectant spray and as a liquid cleaner.
  • Geisel, who had sold bug spray and motor oil through humor was the prefect recruit for this task.
1.2A can or container holding a spray.
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  • They stock a comprehensive selection of acid-free items, from photograph albums and storage boxes to deacidification sprays.
  • So basically, if this one goes into deployment, what you're going to have is a bunch of soldiers with a whole load of bees in a jar and a little spray.
  • In addition to sprays, dust bags can be used for lice control.
Synonyms
1.3An act of applying a spray: refresh your flowers with a quick spray
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  • They used a barrel washer to remove most of the soil from their carrots, followed by a power washer spray as a final rinse.
  • However, most calculations can be done once per year; there is no need to recalculate for every spray.
  • A high-tech car wash (all spray, no brush) aims to become the Starbucks of drive through suds.

verb

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1Apply (liquid) to someone or something in the form of a shower of tiny drops: the product can be sprayed onto wet or dry hair
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  • It was just jiggled and had water being sprayed on it for rain.
  • He sprays a huge water gun at dead pigs, to dissolve their blood clots.
  • In comparison to spraying water only, all drift retardants tested reduced volume of portion of small droplets in the spray but at varying magnitudes.
1.1Sprinkle or cover (someone or something) with a shower of tiny drops of liquid: she sprayed herself with perfume
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  • He intermixes shots of neon-lit signs with glossy images of models blithely spraying themselves with perfume.
  • Standing on a chair, fully dressed, he sprayed his head and upper body with shaving lather, dowsed himself with rice, and then plunged into a washtub.
  • Scott had not warned the cast what would happen when the creature burst from John Hurt's chest - that they would all be sprayed with pig's blood - because he wanted their reactions to be real.
1.2 [no object] (Of liquid) be driven through the air or forced out of something in tiny drops: water sprayed into the air
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  • The water domes were to make musical sounds as the water sprayed.
  • Damage ensues, with water leaking in and spraying about.
  • There are no punters, just about a dozen staff circulating amiably: spraying, wiping, tightening, bantering.
Synonyms
1.3Treat (a plant) with insecticide or herbicide in a spray: avoid spraying your plants with pesticides
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  • ‘The potted tree is sprayed or injected with an insecticide - inside a greenhouse or warehouse - and then transported to an area believed to be infested,’ says Smith.
  • ‘Sunflowers that people planted this spring looked like they'd been sprayed with herbicide,’ Kelly reports.
  • On yet another front, his team is monitoring how long it takes for it to kick in once the plants have been sprayed and how long it is effective.
1.4Scatter (something) somewhere with great force: the truck shuddered to a halt, spraying gravel from under its wheels
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  • Everything went on as it had, emotions scattered, crews sprayed turf onto embankments, lights went off remotely.
  • In the next lot, the Audi TT sprayed two white jets of nitrous oxide out of vents just below its headlights.
  • Four abject stereotypes with guns chase him down corridors, spraying bullets and whooping with redneck glee.
1.5Fire a rapid succession of bullets at: enemy gunners sprayed the decks of the warships
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  • In January, assailants sprayed the building with bullets, shattering doors and windows.
1.6(Of a male cat) direct a stream of urine over (an object or area) to mark a territory.
1.7(In a sporting context) kick, hit, or throw (the ball) in an unpredictable or inaccurate direction: he began his round by spraying his fairway shots

Origin

early 17th century (earlier as spry): related to Middle Dutch spra(e)yen 'sprinkle'.

Derivatives

sprayable

adjective
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  • Some fungicides have been applied to barley on the few recent sprayable days but many are still waiting.
  • Variations of thermal-spray techniques and the diversity of sprayable materials have created new opportunities for the thermal-spray industry.
  • Cement-based overlays on the market today include sprayable microtoppings, and trowelable, stampable, and self-leveling materials - each providing different decorative effects.

sprayer

noun
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  • Since extended range nozzles have an excellent spray distribution over a wide range of pressures, they can be used on sprayers equipped with flow controllers.
  • Air-blast sprayers, which are commonly used to apply insecticides and fungicides in orchards, produce a relatively high number of small droplets.
  • And I've climbed on dozens of tractors, sprayers, fertilizer applicators, and ATVs equipped with high-tech gadgets.

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There are 2 definitions of spray in English:

spray2

Syllabification: spray
Pronunciation: /sprā
 
/

noun

1A stem or small branch of a tree or plant, bearing flowers and foliage: a spray of honeysuckle
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  • At the end of that painting, she thought it needed a spray of leaves going up one side, the right side of the picture.
  • In the watercolor and gouache of Joel with Roses, a spray of ripe blooms nearly fills the picture.
Synonyms
1.1A bunch of cut flowers arranged in an attractive way.
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  • The body of the guglet is also scattered with floral bouquets and sprays and its pouring rim is banded with acanthus scrolls.
Synonyms
1.2A brooch in the form of a bouquet of flowers.

Origin

Middle English: representing late Old English (e)sprei, recorded in personal and place names, of unknown origin.

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